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The Bitter End Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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The Bitter End Pale AleThe Bitter End Pale Ale

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707 Ratings
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Ratings: 707
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
13.5 Plato and 30 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-14-2002)
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Photo of cbutova
4.68/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is already got me thinking mini-Hop Juice, and I love Hop Juice. Pours a nice clear dark amber with a two finger head that has good retention. Leaves thick lacing as I drink this one away. Smells of great hops, light malts, and some sweetness, lots of hops for a pale ale but this one smells great. Taste is basically the same, lots of hops (good ones), sweetness, light malts and some pine hops too on the aftertaste. This is what I would want a pale ale to be. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a kick to the tongue of bitterness, smooth with good carbonation and no real creaminess. No off flavors or alcohol to kill this pale ale, flavors stay present throughout the beer. The hops might get taxing on the tongue after a while. Drinkability is good. Great taste, decent price, will buy this if I want a pale ale again, once again the hops might become overkill on this one. Probably buy it again if I see it around for a session beer.

cbutova, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of Ricochet
2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Oh boy. A little face was made when I sniffed this for the first time. It didn't really smell of beer, but of something you'd eat, like stew. I sniffed again, and I think it's more like V8. A flat malt is all I could think of. Ick. Little head, but a lasting lace around the rim and cloudy amber is how it appeared. It's a little warmer, and I can pick out a little hops, but still. This may be a chore to drink.

Watery and thin mouth, no foam, almost no bitter at the back.

Flavors? Dull candy sweet like juju bees. Only a slight hops character with a back slap of malt. I'd be reaching if I said anything else.

This may be the kind of beer you drink fairly warm in a pub in London, but it's a really mild APA, and not worth my time.

Ricochet, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of NeutroMan
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, with printed best by date of 11/1/09. Poured into a nonic.

Pours a mostly clear amber color with a half-finger off-white head that dissipated almost immediately and left just a thin film. Virtually no lacing.

The nose on this one has a lot of sweet, biscuity malts. Floral hops, too, although they are somewhat muted. Some citrus elements.

Taste starts out with a strong blast of sweet caramel malts that transitions smoothly to earthy/floral hops. Decent malt/hop balance. Citrus (grapefruit, orange peel) lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is is medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Has a velvety smoothness to it that is quite enjoyable. This one goes down pretty easy I could definitely have more than one in a sitting.

NeutroMan, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of DIM
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a hazy golden color with bright orange highlights. It poured with a large, but short lived sticky head.

s: Floral bitterness with vanilla cookies and a little caramel.

t: Starts off with spicy, flowery hops and moderately sweet vanilla. The finish is just flavorless bitterness. Hence the name I suppose. (slaps knee and guffaws)

m: A little undercarbonated, making this feel a bit thin.

d: Pretty good APA. Not all that bitter but I like the malt profile.

DIM, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of bashiba
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber color with a thick and sticky off white head leaving great lacing all the way down.

The smell had a nice bit of buiscuity malt with some nice fresh green hops.

The flavor has a nice toasted malt flavor up front with hints of sourdough and grain with a long even juniper hop finish. The flavors are very balanced.

The mouthfeel is light with some good carbonation and a lingering dry finish.

A very well put together Pale Ale, maybe a tad short on the hops, but very even and drinkable, a great session beer.

bashiba, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of Gavilan
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice amber color, head dissipated quickly

S: Maltly, a bit biscuty

T: A strong malty flavor with some nice bitterness on the back

M: Carbonated, a bit spritzy

D: Very drinkable english style pale ale...not stellar but solid.

Best by 10/15/09 on the label

Gavilan, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Brothers- Pale Ale

A- Dark clear copper brown with a small light lacing head.
S- Caramel malt and toasty bread crust grain.
T- Thick sweet grainy malt, bread crust, sunflower seeeds, caramel, pine citrus hops.
M- Thick sweet malt, rainy, smooth pine citrus hop finish.

Overall- Very smooth, clean, and crisp. Solid.

NJpadreFan, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper brown color with one finger head that reduces to a ring after a minute. Leaves a little lace.

Nice light floral hops. Some grapefruit and orange peel. Roasted malt and maybe some apricot.

Nicely balanced. Roasted malt up front followed by a crisp hop profile. Getting some pine at the end. Very clean.

Lighter medium bodied. Nice soft carbonation feel. Smooth and refreshing.

This would make a great session beer. One of the better APA's I've had. It's clean finishing and nicely balanced unlike some I've had before. I would have this again.

jera1350, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best by date of 12/10/09 printed on the back. poured into, and drank out of, my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours an amber/copper colored body with a small eggshell colored head. the head lasts a while and leaves complete rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- the smells coming out of my glass are very mild. caramel malt, citrus and pine. not much else.

T- strong caramel malts upfront. then comes a stronger dose of hops than i was expecting. lots of floral and pine hops here. a bit of grapefruit.

M- medium bodied and decently bitter. too much carbonation.

D- a good beer from my favorite next door brewery. something i dont drink as often as i should. i wish the two brothers got a little more love from the beer world.

jwinship83, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of caminiti
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately, poured into a plastic cup in a hotel room, forgot to bring a glass on the road. An orange/copper color with a decent head, impressive in a plastic cup? bitter, nad a bit sweet, a pretty tasty beer. Not much of a nose, maybe it was a bit too cold. Easy to drink, carbonation of head did not carry over to the mouth, overall a pretty tasty beer, drinkable, would buy it again.

caminiti, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a pure clear copper. A white head pours at about two to three fingers and the thick foam sticks around the whole way, leaving small patches of sticky lacing.
The smell is pure, clean hops with a nice grapefruit and pine aroma. It's got a little citrus zest in it and a malty sweet backing under the hops.
The flavor is a very nice mix of raw hops (grapefruit and pine again coming through strongly), underlying malts, and zesty citrus. This one's very bright and herbal, woody notes adds the the multidimensionality. The finish is dry and lingers for a bit.
The mouthfeel is crisp and has a very nice smoothness to it as well. Body is light to medium with moderate carbonation.
This one's balanced, with a nice raw hops flavor, pure and clean. It's worth trying for yourself.

Brenden, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of tronester
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Maproom 7/9/2009

Served in an Imperial Pint glass, around 55 degrees F. Orange/brown in appearance, with a fluffy off-white head. Smells faintly of grain and british yeast. Taste is bready, toasted malt, nice earthy hops, but a hint of citrus as well in the finish. Super velvety mouthfeel. Nice low carbonation levels that tickle the tongue. Crazy drinkability, this is a fantastic beer on cask. Takes me back to England and its cask ales. HIGHLY recommended on cask.

tronester, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice thoughtful extra received from akokandy in a recent trade. Thanks, Adam!

Pours a deep orange-gold with a massive ivory head on top. Great retention, but no lacing whatsoever. Smells of minerals, malts, and biscuits. Good.

The mouth is very thin on this. Carbonation presence in the mouth is zilch. Disappointing. With that aside though, I love the flavor. Great balance of sweet malts and bitter hops. Bready and satisfying. I could drink a few of these for sure. They just need to tweak the mouthfeel a bit.

Onenote81, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Tballz420
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very clear amber colored body, small bubbly white head. Floral hops on top of a pale malt body scent. Good lace. Light pale malt taste backed by a nice floral hop backing. Fairly thin mouth.

Nothing really special here, but its not bad by any means. Pretty much a standard pale ale

Tballz420, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of JoshuaJ
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a delicious looking, clean amber color. Moderate head that dissipated quickly, but left a nice cap the whole way down. Thick lacing.

Not too much on the nose. Earthy hops and sweet malts, mostly.

Ah, here's where it gets good. It's bitter to be sure, but I honestly think it's more balanced than a lot of BA's seem to think. The earthy, piney hops overshadow the caramelly malts at first, but as it warms, the flavors from the malt become much more apparent. I would agree that it ventures further into IPA territory that many other APA's, but hey, that's a style choice.

The mouthfeel is good. The carbonation is where it should be for a beer like this, meaning that the bubbles are small, which helps with surface area on the tongue. A medium bodied beer for sure, and one that goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is high. I would happily stick with this beer all night.

JoshuaJ, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, The Bitter End pours a rich amber color with a cramy white head that rapidly dissapates. On the nose is piney, citrusy hops with little malt showing through. The taste to me seems somewhat unbalanced. American pale ales are supposed to be hoppy, but this one was borderline IPA. Hops seem to dominate the palate, with flavors of pine and grapefruit, while there is little malt backbone. Mouthfeel is sharp and dry. While it is drinkable, There are many other pales I would choose before this one.

WYVYRN527, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear brownish red with about a 1/2 inch of white head. This brew a decent lacing too.

S - Nice hoppy aroma with a sweet, slightly pungent citrus scent.

T - Soft bitter flavor that offers a robust middle.

M - The feel is comfortable and begs to be consumed.

~ I really like this pale ale. I wish my wife had been able to bring back a few more from her recent trip to the Chicago area. I haven't seen this brew in the Central Wisconsin area. Maybe I can pick up a six pack next week on?

cdkrenz, May 21, 2009
Photo of youngblood
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden and copper with a white head. Smells pretty nice. A bit of subdued malt sweetness and some nice pine coming through. Nothing spetacular, but smells decent. As far as taste goes, there's a nice bed of caramel sweetness with some hop bitterness (mostly dry pine) laying lazily over it. Again, not spectacular, but has a nice easy flavor. The mouthfeel is nice. Very light, while still have some substance. Leaves the mouth satisfied. High drinkability. Great session beer.

youngblood, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a murky, nut brown color with 1/4 inch of foam that left a bit of lacing

S - not much of an aroma, slight notes of citrus and pine and some malts

T - starts with a biscuity malt flavor and then the grassy & citrus hops pull through

M/D - medium bodied with a nice hop bite, pretty good beer

mikereaser, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Brew33
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a single of this not knowing what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised. This beer is excellent. Great aroma, wonderful flavor. Balanced with a slightly bitter finish. Bright, crisp. Wow. I'm thoroughly impressed here. The mouthfeel was a lacking but I just may start picking these up as a session beer. Really good, easy drinking APA.

Brew33, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Clear, slightly hazy (we'll see whether or not that clears up when the beer warms, it remains hazy) copper and golden amber, topped with a loosely packed, sandy white, half an inch head that fades into some lattice work lacing and a sort of spotty cap of a head. No lacing to speak of apart from a few specks here and there.

S: Fruity, slightly mango mixed with that ever elusive "citrus" charter that is nearly impossible for me to assign to a particular fruit, mixed with a mildly piney, mildly biscuity sweetness that I am having a very difficult time trying to find fault with. I suppose it does not have that traditional English Bitter aroma and leans more to the American Pale Ale side, but there is enough malt character built up here to make it stand just slightly apart from such a distinction.

T/MF: Opens quickly on the bitter side than just as quickly is joined in and barely overpowered, or perhaps more correctly, plays a bit downstage from the sweeter, maltier aspects this beer has to offer. The bitterness lingers on the sides of the tongue long after the beer has departed and makes you believe that this beer is more bitter than it actually is. This beer plays quite nicely against itself, a well struck balance between sweet and bitter yet this is where it ends, there is little complexity after the honey caramel sweetness and that hoppy "citrus"/earthiness that play well with each other but leave me wanting a bit more.

D: An easier drinking and almost sessionable, I wish it would weigh in just a bit lower in the ABV department because this might have a constant home in my fridge if such a thing were to happen. Worth a shot, a very well put together beer from the folks in Warrenville.

bluemoonswoon, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of beermanbrian
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with a thin whispy white head. Spotty lacing. Smell of earthy hops and biscuity malt. Taste is also on the malty biscuit side of things. Faint bitterness in the finish that drifts into earthyness. Full malty flavor but somehow manages to be watery. Not enough substance to get excited about this one.

beermanbrian, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of giblet
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was a nice surprise. poured nice into the glass. smooth creamy head of an inch. smelled nice of faint hops. this is not as dry and bitter as i expected - i am a hop head. but it was a nice tasting and refreshing beer to drink. pail in color and nice steady carbonatin with good lace down the glass. nice dry finish. good enough to have two in a row.

suckem up and movem out!


giblet, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of confer
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this beer in a variety case.
It pours a dark gold with a a very minor head that dissapated quickly.
The smell gave away the flavor. You can smell very strong sweet hops.
The flavor again was very hoppy. It is that tangy sweet hoppy taste that I think has become the favorite of a lot of hopheads, but not overpowering. The flavor mellows as the beer warms and becomes tastier.
Felt heavily carbonated and dry.
This one is not really for me.

After another tasting this beer is much better than I previously stated. this is the current review.

confer, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of ROBORB
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Mike B., thanks man!

Poured into a regular pint glass this beer produced an orange hue with a light, quickly dissipating white head. There was a nice aroma of pine, hops, and grapefruit. The carbonation was just right for a pale ale. This was a very drinkable pale ale and I would like to try it again sometime.

ROBORB, Mar 17, 2009
The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.